Nestled at the bottom of Eggardon Hill Fort in West Dorset an old stone cart house on the Mappercombe Estate has been restored and converted to create a beautiful holiday let. Victor Crutchley the owner of the Carthouse was keen to use local, natural and reclaimed materials. Nearly all the timber used was grown, felled and milled on the estate and if not was sourced as locally as possible. The first floor was built with a traditional peg jointed timber frame using Sweet Chestnut that was planted by Victor’s grandfather. A mix of four different timbers were used as external cladding to showcase the different materials we have available besides the standard imported and treated timbers you buy at the builder’s merchants. These were Larch, Western Red Cedar, Sweet Chestnut and Wellingtonia (giant redwood). An installation of a Windhagar log burning heating system meant that Victor could heat the building using timber from the estate to help reduce the carbon footprint.